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Submission + - Fuck beta 1

An anonymous reader writes: The beta is bad. It's so bad. The comments are reduced in screen width about 50%. Subject lines are deemphasized, scores are minimized, etc.

The discussions are the reason to come to Slashdot, and the beta trivializes them entirely. It looks like the comment section on a generic news site.

The comments now look like an afterthought, whereas they used to be the primary focus of the site.

Comment Re:Agreed, but engineers still use Fortran (Score 1) 794

I used both Matlab and Fortran in school. I would say that Matlab is more C like in it's syntax, and considerably easier to write number crunching code. I remember having to write subroutines in Fortran that were merely a function call in Matlab, granted, several of the Matlab toolboxes were available to me, but I had to wrtite everything from scratch in Fortran.

I think that's why schools are still teaching Fortran, they are actually teaching numerical methods, not just programming, at least in the engineering programs. In fact, Numerical Methods was the title of my first Fortran class.

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